Big Ten Person of the Year: Honoring U of IOWA Alum Bob Miller


Pasadena (July 31st,  2014) – Today The Big Ten Club of Southern California announced Iowa Alumnus Bob Miller as our unanimous Board of Directors selection to receive our 2014 Person of the Year Award.

Bob Miller will receive the award during the Big Ten Football Kickoff Party – Road to the Rose Bowl (68th Caucus) which will be held on Saturday August 23rd at the Tournament of Roses Headquarters – Tournament House.   This is an exclusive luncheon for Big Ten Club and Tournament of Roses Association members.

The Big Ten Club has been thriving in Southern California for 80 years connecting Midwestern graduates and offering benefits including our long successful relationship with the Tournament of Roses Association.  This prestigious Person of the Year Award has been accepted by the likes of John Wooden, Tex Winter, Franco Harris, Bob Hope, Keith Jackson, Barry Alvarez, Archie Griffin, Mark Spitz, Drew Brees, Mark Murphy, and others.   

The Big Ten Football Kickoff Party – Road the Rose Bowl is a celebration of the start of another college football season which for 2 lucky teams includes a trip to The Rose Bowl game.  The event features a football style theme complete decorations, videos, food, drink, and raffle prizes.

The Big Ten Club couldn’t be more excited to honor the lifetime achievements of the “Voice of the Kings” for the last 41 years and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame, California Sports Hall of Fame, and University of Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame.

Go Big Ten!!

About the Big Ten Club of Southern California

In the depression year of 1932, Michigan alumnus Bob Hiller brought together some local Big Ten alumni for informal luncheon meetings in the Biltmore Hotel. The camaraderie caught on: Early in 1933 the Big Ten Club was formally established to spread the good fellowship generated at the luncheon meetings. The Club grew steadily, even during the wartime years of the early 40s, and in 1946 the signing of the Rose Bowl pact sparked an enthusiastic increase in membership and breadth of Club activities.

Beginning in 1946 our annual Dinner for Champions welcomed and honored the visiting Big Ten football team selected to appear in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. For a number of years the Dinner was held in the Biltmore Hotel. From 1966 through 1988, the Dinner was held at the Hollywood Palladium and from 1989 through 1994 it was held at the Century Plaza Hotel. Bob Hope headlined the entertainment for 43 years and Dinners featured Pia Zadora, Norm Crosby, Joe Pesci, Alan Thicke, Don Knotts, George Kirby, The 5th Dimension, Barbara McNair, Tom Lasorda, Tom Dreesen, Rhonda Shear, Fred Travalena, Joey Villa, The Pendragons and many others.

The Big Ten Club is a great way to enjoy the camaraderie of Midwestern schooled folks at various events and functions. Plus with our long standing association with the Tournament of Roses, Big Ten Club members enjoy access to special private events and allotted Rose Bowl Tickets.

Universities in the Big Ten Club of Southern California:
Chicago, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, and Wisconsin
University of Chicago was one of the original schools in the Big Ten Conference from 1896-1948. Chicago has remained a part of the Big Ten Club since our Club’s 1933 inception.  

About the Tournament of Roses Association


Each New Year’s Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It’s a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.

An event as large as the Tournament of Roses requires about 80,000 hours of combined manpower each year. That manpower is supplied by 935 members of the non-profit Tournament of Roses Association, a volunteer organization dedicated to presenting an internationally-recognized New Year’s celebration. Each volunteer is assigned to one of 31 committees, with responsibilities ranging from selecting parade participants to directing visitors on New Year’s Day, to hosting the press headquarters for media coverage of the Rose Bowl Game, to giving presentations about the Tournament to community groups.

Nicknamed “White Suiters” because of the distinctive white uniform every volunteer wears, these enthusiastic men and women give up their evenings, weekends and holidays to ensure the success of the parade and game. A small full-time staff provides support and continuity to the volunteer organization.


Tournament House is the official headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, its staff and the 935 volunteers who work year-round to organize the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

The house was designed and built in 1906 by architect G. Lawrence Stimson and his father, prominent builder George w. Stimson, as the family’s residence. Constructed of concrete and steel, the home took eight years to complete and by then, most of the Stimson children had grown and moved away. Mr. and Mrs. Stimson found the house too large for their needs and in 1914 sold the home to chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. for $170,000. A year later, Wrigley paid $25,000 for the adjoining property, clearing the way for an arbor and breathtaking gardens.

In its time, the Wrigley’s residence was considered among the more modest homes on “Millionaire’s Row.” But of their six homes across the country, the Pasadena getaway was Mrs. Wrigley’s favorite. She delighted in watching the parade from her own front yard.

Within the structure’s three stories are 21 rooms and 18,500 square feet of artistry – richly paneled rooms, inlaid marble floors and ornate molded plaster ceilings.  Adding to the grandeur are extraordinary objects displayed throughout the first and second floors. These include are a one-of-a-kind Waterford crystal bowl commissioned for the centennial of the Tournament of Roses, the formal portrait of the reigning Rose Queen, crowns and tiaras worn by former Rose Queens and Princesses, and Rose Bowl Game-related trophies and memorabilia.

Surrounding Tournament House are the 4.5-acre Wrigley Gardens, featuring more than 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias and annuals. The Centennial Rose Garden features the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) award-winning Tournament of Roses rose developed especially for the Tournament of Roses Centennial.

The elegant Italian Renaissance-style mansion and surrounding grounds were presented to the city of Pasadena in 1958 by the Wrigley family for the exclusive use of the Tournament of Roses Association. New offices attached to the rear of the main house were added in 1960 and the home was restored to its full grandeur in a renovation project completed in 2002.

About Bob Miller

Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Miller is in his 41st season as the “Voice of the Kings” – the first 17 years simulcast on TV and radio and the last 23 years as the exclusive television voice of the team – and is again joined for the 24th season by former Kings right wing Jim Fox for all Kings games on FOX Sports West.

On November 13, 2000, Miller received the Foster Hewitt Award, as selected by the NHL Professional Broadcasters’ Association.  This award, which recognizes those members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their hockey broadcasting careers, is recognized by a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

On October 2, 2006, Miller received a star on the famous Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.  On February 4, 2002, Miller was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame, where he served as that organization’s president for five years.  Miller has also been named the top television play-by-play announcer in Southern California nine times (including 2013), and in February of 2011 he was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1998, to commemorate his 25 years of loyal service to the organization, Miller was honored by having the STAPLES Center press box named after him and was presented with a “lifetime contract” by the club, and in 1997, Miller was named as one of the six inaugural members of the Kings Hall of Fame during the organization’s 30th Anniversary celebration.  The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association also named him the California Sportscaster of the Year in 1997 and 2002.

In 2013, Miller’s second book – Tales from the Los Angeles Kings Locker Room – was released.  In 2006 he authored the book, Bob Miller’s Tales from the Los Angeles Kings.

A native of Chicago, Miller, 75 (10/12/38), received his degree at the University of Iowa where he started his broadcasting career doing Hawkeye football and basketball games.  Before joining the Kings, he worked professionally in radio and TV in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, and was the voice of University of Wisconsin hockey, football and basketball.  In 1992, Miller received the honor of being inducted into Wisconsin’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

Along with his duties for the Kings, Miller’s voice has accented numerous TV and film projects, including “Cheers,” “Rollerball,” “Miracle on Ice,” “The Mighty Ducks” and “The Mighty Ducks 2.”

A resident of West Hills, Bob and his wife Judy have a married daughter, Kristin, a son Kevin, and they have two grandsons.

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IOWA By the Sea Picnic – August 2nd (Registration Deadline Extended!)

BIG EVENT! IOWA Picnic in Los Angeles Harbor

Saturday August 2, 2014 in front of Battleship IOWA!

Iowans and individuals who have a connection with the State of Iowa will want to attend the 114th Iowa By The Sea Picnic — a new venue – catered, mouth-watering barbeque, entertainment, door prizes, and adult/children’s games and activities. Our picnic this year will be held on the pier in front of the Battleship IOWA.  The ship is an historic museum located at Pier 87 in Los Angeles harbor. Our picnic is a family-oriented, non-alcoholic event with an emphasis on fun and safety for all attendees.

Since the meal will be a catered event, both reservations and full payment must be received by Friday, July 30, 2014.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.  We encourage everyone to sign up early to assist us in planning appropriate games and activities for all attendee age groups.

Details about the picnic are on our website.  Here is the link to the Iowa By The Sea Picnic:


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Celebrate Big 10 Loyalty Day with Us!

Reserve in advance to get the special rate for admission. All guests need to have something with their Big 10 team logo on it to qualify.  Encourage them to reserve as a group of 3 or more to get the best price. Please note they will also get the $10 gift certificate so that reduces the effective cost of the event.

Special admission price for wearing logo gear from a Big 10 University
The more people in your party, the more you save!

Akbar and Gourmet Wine Getaways invite you to join them for the Akbar-Hermosa Beach 1st Wine and Appetizer Experience
Sunday, June 1, 2014
1:00-4:00 P.M.

6 Great Wines Under $20 Retail
Host: Peter D. Kerr, The Wine Consultant

Regular price: $35 per person (in advance), inclusive of tax and gratuity! ($40 at the door/day of the event)

Wearing Big 10 gear: Single:$5 off; party of 2: $10 off pp; party of 3+: $15 off pp
Each paid guest receives a $10 Akbar-Hermosa Beach gift certificate!
Gourmet Indian appetizer food parings available all afternoon
Learn the art of wine & food pairing with your friends and fellow alums
Wines tasted will be available for ordering at very special prices
Reservations and more information: 310-937-3800

Advance reservations required for special pricing. Cancellations will only be accepted up to 48 hours prior to the event. Akbar-Hermosa Beach, 1101 Aviation Blvd. (@ Prospect Ave.), Hermosa Beach, CA

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Iowa Basketball NCAA Tournament Gamewatch: Iowa vs. Tennessee – Mar. 19, 6:10 PM

Did you see that coming?  Hawk fans can only shake their heads in frustration when thinking about a season that was once so promising. Rated as high as 10th in the nation, Iowa’s recent struggles have landed them into the dreaded “play in game” of the NCAA Tournament.  The Hawks will take on the Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow night on TruTV.

The season has brought many highs and lows, but Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery will face an ever greater challenge as his 13 year old son Patrick will undergo surgery tomorrow morning to remove a thyroid tumor. Coach’s current plans are to fly back to Iowa City for the surgery, and hopefully fly back in time for the game.

With time running out on Iowa’s seniors, it’s time for them to take back this season.  We’ve seen them blow Michigan out of their own gym, and we have also seen them allow the Big 10 bottom feeders to look all conference.  So they are capable, but are they confident?

Iowa can win this game, but the players have to get back to believing they are among the elite.  One glaring difference in this team is they’ve fallen in love with the 3 ball.  The Vols are a physical team and you can bet they plan to out muscle the Hawks,  Woodbury and Olaseni better be ready to go.  Winning or losing will come down to this combo; Marble and White.  If Marble and White are both productive, then Iowa wins; if only one of them can get it going, the Vols momentum will give them the win down the stretch.

Please join us at the Santa Monica Barney’s Beanery and enjoy 35% of food and 50% of beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).

If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to purchase your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. T-shirts are now in stock and available at the Santa Monica Barney’s Beanery location! They can be purchased for $15.

All money from T-shirt purchases go directly to the LA Iowa Club to help pay for costs associated with the Club as well as provide funds to support scholarships and other events.  Without your support, we would not be able to realize these goals.

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Iowa Basketball Gamewatch #4: Iowa vs. Wisconsin – Feb. 22, 9:00 AM

Normally known for raining down 3’s in Assembly Hall, the Indiana Hoosiers were forced to postpone this past Tuesday’s scheduled game with Iowa; due to metal falling from the ceiling.  Neither school could agree on when and where to play the game, and soon it might be left to the Big 10 to decide.

Now the Hawkeyes head back to Iowa City for a matchup with the 16th ranked Wisconsin Badgers.  The Big 10 has been upset city, leaving the Big 10 title up for grabs.  Iowa is just one game back from both Michigan and Michigan State.  But they’re not alone.  Wisconsin and Ohio State have joined the party as well, making Saturday’s game crucial for both teams.

An early January loss to Wisconsin on the road has to be on the mind of the Hawks.  Carver-Hawkeye has been rocking this year, and the Hawks have responded.  Devyn Marble needs to get red hot.  He’s the rock of this team and drives opponents crazy.  The Badgers are a tough physical team and Iowa’s big men will have to match them every step of the way.  Keys to a Hawk victory will come down to two things, rebounding and free throws.  Some games, Iowa looks great at both, others; they have been terrible.  Attack the boards and knock down the freebies and Iowa will come away victorious in a close game down to the wire.

Please join us at the Santa Monica Barney’s Beanery and enjoy 35% of food and 50% of beverages to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it (offer valid during the game only).

If you would like to show your LA Hawkeye pride, then don’t forget to purchase your LA IOWA Club t-shirt. T-shirts are now in stock and available at the Santa Monica Barney’s Beanery location! They can be purchased for $15.

All money from T-shirt purchases go directly to the LA Iowa Club to help pay for costs associated with the Club as well as provide funds to support scholarships and other events.  Without your support, we would not be able to realize these goals.

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